What’s in a phrase?
Have you ever thought how certain phrases originated?
I came up with ‘Happy as Larry’, wondering who on earth Larry was and if anyone had actually been nicknamed Laughing Larry or similar to warrant such a statement.
For all you boxing fans out there, according to WIKI,
Laurence ‘Larry’ Foley (12 December 1849 – 12 July 1917) was an undefeated champion Australian middleweight boxer. He is known as the ‘Father of Australian Boxing’ and it is often said that “happy as Larry” is a reference to him.
Then of course you could go with this from 2011 (also courtesy of WIKI) :
Happy as Larry is a funny, playful and poignant new dance show, which investigates the elusive nature of human happiness. Created by award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker, this powerful performance combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and highly physical contemporary dance.
Well, I remember a Larry from another post: